Lancaster man sentenced for felony charge stemming from Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

(WHTM) — A Lancaster man has been sentenced to serve 9 months in prison for a felony charge from the January 6, 2021 capitol riot.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 27 year-old Cameron Edward Hess traveled from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021 and was caught on video illegally entering the U.S. Capitol building through the East Rotunda Doors at approximately 3:24 p.m.

The office states that court documents accuse Hess of pushing his way inside the building while police officers were attempting to direct the rioters out of the doors.

When police regained control of the doorway, the office says, Hess was pushed back out the doors at about 3:30 p.m.

The office claims Hess then approached the officers from the outside and, pushed a police officer who was attempting to close the doors and tried to breach the Capitol building again.

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According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the officer ordered Hess to “stop” multiple times, but Hess physically engaged the officer with his right arm while holding the door open with his left.

When police successfully closed the East Rotunda Doors, the office says, Hess stayed outside for at least ten more minutes.

In addition to video evidence, The U.S. Attorney’s Office also points to text messages Hess sent January 6 saying, in part, “people storming the Capitol” and that he was “in the thick of it. Got pepper sprayed and teargassed.”

According to the office, Hess later sent another message about his assault on police, writing, “I was brawling at the door.” Days later the office says, he also writes, “Don’t tell anyone I was there.”

In addition to his sentence from January 6, Hess is also sentenced to 36 months of supervised release after pleading guilty due to one count of obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder on Oct. 6, 2023.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted this case with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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The FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office’s Capital Area Resident Agency and the Washington Field Office investigated with assistance from The Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police.

More than 1,313 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol. Among these are more than 469 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit

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